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Center for Environmental Farming Systems

NC Farm to Early Care and Education, a Center for Environmental Farming Systems initiative, works with Sonflower Seeds Christian Preschool and Learning Center LLC and other early childhood facilities to purchase local food and provide children with experiential learning around local food. During the COVID-19 pandemic, Sonflower Seeds, in Silk Hope, North Carolina, continued caring for children of paramedics, police and other essential workers. Thanks to years of partnership building with local farmers, the…

James Beard Foundation

Open for Good is the James Beard Foundation’s campaign to help independent restaurants survive this crisis, rebuild better, and thrive for the long term. Open for Good programs provide critical resources to help independent restaurants build the capacity to come back stronger, more equitable, more sustainable, and more resilient….

The Hope Center for College, Community and Justice

Colleges and universities across the United States and around the world are scrambling to keep their students, faculty, and staff healthy, safe, and educated during the COVID-19 pandemic. As experts on the daily crises that derail #RealCollege students and prevent them from completing their degrees our team at the Hope Center for College, Community, and Justice offers the following considerations and resources to support your work….

Farm to Institution New England

As part of FINE's work on how COVID-19 is impacting institutional food systems, this blog highlights how the COVID-19 virus has profoundly disrupted food operations in prisons and jails. Mark McBrine, Food Service Manager at the Mountain View Correctional Facility, shares how the Maine Department of Corrections has adapted their protocols to protect against the virus while demonstrating the benefits of sourcing local quality food….

Farm to Institution New England

The dining landscape changed dramatically due to COVID-19. To-go containers, plexiglass, and safe distancing signs have replaced the once familiar scene of hot trays, buffet bars, and students in close comradery. And now, as colleges further revise plans to reopen, dining operations continue to adapt. In FINE's most recent blog, we discuss the changes in campus dining and what lays ahead as colleges continue to grapple with the coronavirus….

National Association of State Departments of Agriculture NASDA Foundation

The Florida Seasonal Crop COVID-19 Impact Assessment was assembled utilizing phone interviews with growers on April 15, 2020. It must be noted that markets as well as selling and purchase strategies change rapidly, almost daily, for most crop sectors with the current conditions of the market. Fluctuations for some of the projected figures could be expected….

Farm to Institution New England

This virtual forum for dining directors and interested partners shared responses to the COVID-19 corona virus crisis to learn from each other. We talked about food safety protocols, budgets, supporting staff in times of need, and how we can deploy and share resources to meet shifting needs and priorities. Resources, chat log, and other documents mentioned in the call can be found at https://www.farmtoinstitution.org/cov……

National Association of State Departments of Agriculture NASDA Foundation

Supermarkets and convenience stores are primary operations that are critical to public health. They must be up and running for a community to survive and recover. They are exempt from Executive Order No. 2020-9 (COVID-19). Although food has not been identified as a likely source of COVID-19 infections, close contact with people/groups (not social distancing) leads to the spread of the COVID-19 virus. COVID-19 can survive on cardboard for up to 24 hours and…

National Association of State Departments of Agriculture NASDA Foundation

The COVID-19 impact quickly revealed the often unconsidered and unseen essential services that agriculture plays in our daily lives. Cultivating, processing, driving, stocking, inspecting and delivering food to our tables requires a critical workforce that we want to keep healthy and working. The food supply chain has been designated as a critical infrastructure industry that should maintain a normal work schedule while employers and workers follow Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and…

National Association of State Departments of Agriculture NASDA Foundation

The COVID-19 impact quickly revealed the often unconsidered and unseen essential services that agriculture plays in our daily lives. Cultivating, processing, driving, stocking, inspecting and delivering food to our tables requires a critical workforce that we want to keep healthy and working. The food supply chain has been designated as a critical infrastructure industry that should maintain a normal work schedule while employers and workers follow Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and…

Farm to Institution New England

In this second virtual forum, we discussed challenges and solutions in the institutional food system as a result of the COVID-19 crisis. More than 70 people participated from New England, around the US, and beyond. Breakout sessions dived more deeply into K-12 schools, Campus (college/university), Health Care, and Production/Farming/Fishing (breakouts are summarized verbally at the end, but were not recorded)….
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